Experts say Nigerian man's acquittal clarifies drug laws related to possession, CNB to study grounds of decision

A Nigerian man was acquitted by the Court of Appeal after he was originally sentenced to death for importing nearly 2kg of methamphetamine.
A Nigerian man was acquitted by the Court of Appeal after he was originally sentenced to death for importing nearly 2kg of methamphetamine.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - The acquittal of a Nigerian man on death row here, who had claimed to have no knowledge that drugs were concealed in his suitcase, will set a precedent for future similar cases, according to lawyers and legal academics.

Law Society president Gregory Vijayendran told The Straits Times that the "groundbreaking judgment" on May 27, makes clear the law regarding the possession of drugs as stated in the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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